Fourth instalment of Back to Practice webinar series to provide a historical perspective on dental nursing

The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show has unveiled the 4th edition of the “Back to Practice” webinar series, a digital platform that continues to deliver free support to dental teams during these uncertain times. 

This latest webinar is aimed at dental nursing staff, with an exciting chance for them to win an exclusive prize courtesy of the BADN.

All registrations by midnight tonight (20th August) for the new webinar “Dental Nursing – A Historic Perspective”  will be entered in to a prize draw to win:
*       Blue Orchid Hotels discounted experience vouchers
*       FREE 1 year membership to the British Association of Dental Nurses
*       Bespoke homemade Chocolate brownies
*       Exclusive BADN merchandise

Five lucky winners will be announced during the live webinar this Friday at 3PM!

Dental Nursing – An Historical Perspective

5 lucky winners will be announced live.


Produced in partnership with University of Kent and supported by the BADN  the webinar will aim to provide an insight into the history of dental nursing set within the context of the evolution of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:

*       Throughout history those conducting dentistry have been assisted.
*       Dental nursing has been a recognised occupation since the end of the 1800.
*       The dental nurses have contributed to wider public health initiatives since the early 1900’s.
*       There is a substantial historical archive documentation charting the challenges experienced in establishing dental nursing in the early years.
*       Sound education and training have underpinned dental nurse practice for over 100 years.

Speakers include:

*       Dr Debbie Reed, EdD, MSc, PGCHE, BA(Hons), Cert Ed, FHEA, Chartered MCIPD, GCGI

This webinar is designed to set Dental Nursing into accurate historical context – tracing Dental Nursing back for at least the past 100 years.

Join the dental community and enjoy free access to our ‘Back to Practice’ resources and webinar series by signing up to our network here:

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, as well as DTS, will take place 21st-22nd May 2021

CloserStill Media, organiser of the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS), and the co-located Dental Technology Showcase (DTS), has taken the decision to postpone both events until 2021. The 2020 event will now take place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of May 2021 at the Birmingham NEC in hall 5.

Martin Woodrow, Chief Executive of the BDA, commented: “It’s a real shame that we can’t hold what would have been an excellent conference and exhibition this year, but in the circumstances, postponing the 2020 event has to be the right thing to do and I’m sure the 2021 event will be bigger and better than ever!”

Meanwhile, DLA President Steve Campbell said: “Given the current situation, the DLA believe moving the show to May 2021 is the right thing to do and we support that decision, and really look forward to what will be a fantastic event for all involved!”

The event organisers in the meantime will be focusing on how they can support the profession as they prepare to return to their practice and resume some normality during a very testing time for dentistry.

Alex Harden, Event Director for both BDCDS and DTS, stated: “In difficult times like the one that affects us today across the globe, it is important to remember the primary objective of trade shows: a trade show is above all the opportunity for the market to meet, learn and collaborate together. The safety of our communities is of paramount importance. The events industry supports businesses of all sizes and the economy in general. BDCDS and DTS are part of this and we will overcome all obstacles so our annual meeting fulfils this mission, stronger together. We would like to thank you for your patience and continued support during these difficult times and trust you and your families are safe and well.”

Entries are open for the Dental Awards 2019

You can now register your entry for the Dental Awards 2019…

The Dental Awards 2019 will take place on Friday 17 May with a sparkling gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, held alongside the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show at the NEC.

Entries are now open for next year’s prestigious event, and you can register your entry for free until 7 September 2018; after this a fee of £45 will apply for each category entered. And then all Awards entries must be received by the final deadline on 7 December 2018.

So if you think that you, your colleagues or your whole team deserves the chance to be honoured at the Dental Awards simply download an entry form and put your case forward – and you could be picking up a trophy on stage at the Awards next May! Start writing your entry now to try and wow the judges with how great you are!

New award category for 2019

The 2019 Dental Awards sees the introduction of a brand new category – Best Outreach or Charity Initiative in the UK. This award recognises the special work that dental professionals and practices do to help others, whether it is one mega event or continuous work in the community. The judges will be asking, what is your initiative – your chosen cause, fundraising event or volunteering scheme – and why did you choose this? How have you made a difference to this project? What events have you held, how have you raised awareness or what support have you provided? What was the outcome?

This category sits alongside other returning categories for 2019:

Best National Smile Month Event

Dental Receptionist of the Year

Dental Therapist of the Year

Dental Hygienist of the Year

Dental Nurse of the Year

Website & Digital Campaign of the Year

Young Dentist of the Year

Dental Practice Team of the Year

Practice Manager of the Year

Practice Design & Interiors

Dental Practice of the Year

Dentist of the Year

Find out more about the Dental Awards at:

The Dental Awards, supported by the UK’s leading dental magazine publisher, Purple Media Solutions, consistently recognise the very best in UK dentistry. Winning or becoming a finalist is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive boost to the profile of your practice. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or Dental Practice Team of the Year?

This is always a great way to thank your team and celebrate all that is best in a profession that rarely gets the full credit it deserves. Presenting the Dental Awards alongside the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show provides a brilliant opportunity to combine attending the awards with a visit to the show, the leading CPD-led exhibition in UK dentistry.

Being a finalist or a winner can do wonders for you and your practice. So have you had a successful year, or do you have a particularly outstanding colleague or collective team? Perhaps you’ve recently refurbished your practice, you consider your online presence to be better than your competitors, or your National Smile Month campaign has been a tremendous success? Tell our judges! There are many categories at the Dental Awards that are perfect for recognising all the areas and all the roles that are essential in the efficient running of your dental practice. Previous winners have been amazed at the attention they have received from patients, the profession, local press and news programmes.

For information on how to enter, visit: Or, alternatively, call Linda Aitken on: 01732 371570 or e-mail:

You can send your entry by email – – or by post to – Linda Aitken, The Old School House, St Stephens Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2AD.

Important – If you plan to enter more than one award category you must submit separate entries for each category. Do not combine entries for different categories. For example, if you plan to enter the Dentist of the Year and Team of the Year categories, you need to supply a complete entry for both.

A great buzz and valuable learning

Following a highly successful collaboration between the British Dental Conference and CloserStill Media, the British Dental Association and Dentistry Show 2018 has already received some amazing feedback.

Susie Sanderson OBE, President of the BDA, commented: “I thought the event had a great buzz about it and everyone I spoke to seemed to enjoy themselves enormously. This is important for me, as it demonstrates the coming together of dentistry. It’s something we previously achieved with the BDA Conference and I’m pleased that it has been perpetuated in the joint event. The collaboration of CloserStill Media and the BDA appeared to be greater than the sum of its parts, so we were really getting the best of both worlds.

“It was lovely to see the event busy the entire time. I learnt a huge amount from the sessions I chaired in the BDA Theatre, which were all full, with enthusiastic audiences that asked lots of questions. The speakers were very high quality and the theme was entirely appropriate for today’s dentistry. The Theatre delivered high class CPD that offered some very valuable learning for delegates.”

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May at the Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS.

Dental Awards winners revealed!

The prestigious Dental Awards event took place this evening (Friday) at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, celebrating the hard work, commitment and passion of hundreds of dental professionals from across the UK.

There were 21 different awards presented throughout the night, with around 10 finalists in each category. Below is a list of the winners, and the finalists that were chosen as Commended or Highly Commended.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Professor Liz Kay OBE


Best National Smile Month Event

Winner – University of Glasgow Dental School

Highly Commended – Boundaries for Life


Dentist of the Year

Winner – Gary Stacey

Highly Commended – Patrik Zachrisson

Commended – Andrew Taylor


Young Dentist of the Year – South

Winner – Andrew Wilson

Highly Commended – Andre Faro Leite

Commended – Kamil Ahmed


Young Dentist of the Year – North & Central

Winner – Affan Saghir

Highly Commended – Nigel Parkash

Commended – Michael Hicks


National Young Dentist of the Year

Winner – Andrew Wilson


Dental Therapist of the Year

Winner – Amy Hills

Highly Commended – Suzanne Morton


Dental Hygienist of the Year

Winner – Jocelyn Harding

Highly Commended – Gulab Singh

Highly Commended – Renate Putrus


Website & Digital Campaign of the Year

Winner – Narberth & Herbrandston Dental Practices

Highly Commended – London Hygienist


Dental Nurse of the Year – South

Winner – Rebecca Silver

Highly Commended – Alisha Shaw


Dental Nurse of the Year – North & Central

Winner – Joanne Speight

Highly Commended – Catriona Thornton


National Dental Nurse of the Year

Winner – Joanne Speight


Dental Practice of the Year – South

Winner – Pure Periodontics

Highly Commended – Bow Lane Dental Group


Dental Practice of the Year – North & Central

Winner – Andrea Uhbi Dentistry

Highly Commended – Revive Dental Care


National Dental Practice of the Year

Winner – Pure Periodontics


Dental Practice Manager of the Year

Winner – Lesley Holden

Highly Commended – Hannah Haines

Highly Commended – Mariana Sadowska


Dental Practice Team of the Year – South

Winner – Imogen Dental

Highly Commended – The Wessex Dental Specialist Centre

Highly Commended – Wensleydale Dental Practice


Dental Practice Team of the Year – North & Central

Winner – Andrea Ubhi Dentistry

Highly Commended – Sharoe Green Dental Practice

Highly Commended – New Road Dental


National Dental Practice Team of the Year

Winner – Andrea Ubhi Dentistry


Dental Practice Design & Interiors

Winner – Sorriso Dentistry

Highly Commended – Novos Dental Clinic

Commended – The Sandford

Commended – Happy Kids Dental


Dental Receptionist of the Year

Winner – Emma Hobbs

Highly Commended – Sarah Singleton


Huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists this year!